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Seattle Asian Art Museum

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Address: Volunteer Park, 1400 East Prospect Street, Seattle, WA 98112
Phone Number: 206 654 3100
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10:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Wed 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thu 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Description: The SAAM, as its called, has millennia-old East Asian artifacts, from...
The SAAM, as its called, has millennia-old East Asian artifacts, from Chinese vases to Japenese Buddhist art.
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Enjoyed the new Mr Japanese exhibit and modern Chinese artists

Has recently purchased the Ai Wei Wei collection of colorfully painted vases. Also other modern Chinese artists. The Mr. Exhibit consisted of colorful cartoon-like paintings with... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 6, 2015
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Southport, CT
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Southport, CT
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191 reviews 191 reviews
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015 via mobile

Has recently purchased the Ai Wei Wei collection of colorfully painted vases. Also other modern Chinese artists. The Mr. Exhibit consisted of colorful cartoon-like paintings with many of the well known Japanese pictures of girls with big eyes. In addition there is an installation of reclaimed materials and their odors to represent the turbulence wrought on people's lives from the... More 

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Reno Nevada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

This is one case in which the building itself was more wonderful than the art inside. Even if you don't pay the small admission price, go inside the lobby and take in the beauty of the building and the careful attention to the fixtures (doors, lights, tables, etc.). What a feast! There are some other wonderful spaces throughout the museum,... More 

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Indianola, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

Volunteer Park is a great destination itself, and this Art Deco building is right in the middle of it. The collection of Asian artifacts is very small, however. The first Thursday and first Saturday of each month are free, including the special exhibit, so I would try to visit then if possible. The Seattle Conservatory is only a short walk... More 

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Spokane Valley, Washington
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

I read the reviews and thought this would be a good place to visit. I was incorrect....I would place this at the lower end of the art museums I have been to. Wish I hadn't wasted my time coming here.

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Northern California
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81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

We have only visited this museum once and that for a specific exhibit. Thus this is not a review of the museum as a whole. This Fall the SAAM had an Art Deco Japan exhibit that was not only an eye-opener but a very terrifically done exhibit that educated the viewer to 1920s and 1930s (in particular) Japan. The setting... More 

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Kansas City, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Full disclosure: I am not an Asian art lover. I do, however, love Art Deco. We did not go to any other part of the museum so this review is only of this one exhibit. It's a fantastic private collection on loan to the museum. A fascinating glimpse into a time period in a culture that I think of as... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

I went to see the absolutely stunning Deco Japan exhibit. If you have not already seen it - you have until Oct 19. Run, don't walk! The museum contains well organized displays of Asian art - both contemporary and older. There is always something interesting to see. There is a suggested admission fee The building itself is located in Volunteer... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

Deco Japan is only on until 19th October 2014 so see it before it closes. This is one of the best exhibitions I have ever seen and I do mean ever. The rest of the Art Deco Museum is beautifully laid out and the collection is really worth seeing too but for me, Deco Japan was just stunning. It has... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Usually a staid and quiet venue, the Japan Deco show at the Asian Art Museum was heart-poundingly lovely.... objects, paintings, all opening for the viewer a new experience of Japan between the wars... Yes, go!

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Salem, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Take time to visit this handsome art deco building with galleries featuring visiting contemporary Asian art and ancient art from their permanent collection. The Volunteer Park setting is lovely. If you are members of another art museum, carry your card; you might be eligible for reciprocal free admission.

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